Conrad reviews Covid scenario, says situation alarming

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Colleges, varsities closed till May 2, offices to function with 33% staff  

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Shillong, April 21: Meghalaya government has decided to make certain restrictions in East Khasi Hills District in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the Shillong agglomeration. According to official sources, RT-PCR test mandatory in entry points for entrants. Those who have completed both doses of the Covid vaccine may show the certificate at the entry point. Tourist Spots in East Khasi Hills will be shut till 30th April, 2021. Colleges and universities in Shillong will be closed up to 3rd May 2021 except colleges who are exam centres are exempted. Online classes held from the College premises will be permitted. Gyms, Clubs, Swimming pools, Gaming Parlours, Cinemas, Salons, Bars will be shut from 23rd till 30th April, 2021. Non-essential Shops will be closed from 26th April to 2nd May. Government offices will operate with 33% strength.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday reviewed the Covid situation in all the districts of the state through video conferencing with the deputy commissioners and health officials and admitted that the situation is alarming. Sangma said that the situation in the state is serious with cases rising everyday but taking appropriate measures now can prevent the situation to get out of control in the days to come. “We have to take precautionary measures to avoid situations like Delhi and Mumbai by following strict Covid protocol and getting ourselves vaccinated,” he said. He added that people have slackened and let their guards down which needed to be followed again.

The chief minister also ruled out lockdown and said that the effort is to minimise economic restrictions however a balance between economic conditions and health safety must be maintained. He also informed that the state is among the lowest performers in Covid vaccination and the focus of the government will be on aggressive vaccination in the next 10 days. “We have set a target to vaccinate 6.5 lakh eligible beneficiaries for Covid vaccination in the next seven days by identifying the most vulnerable locations and target groups,” he said.

He urged the eligible beneficiaries to come forward and vaccinate themselves and urged different groups and stakeholders like Dorbar Shnongs, headmen, religious leaders etc to involve themselves in creating awareness and sensitisation about the vaccination. “The vaccination is completely safe with minor side effects and though a person may be tested positive after the vaccination the symptoms are mild and does not prove fatal as compared to the ones who have not been vaccinated,” he added. He also said that people still need to follow Covid protocol after the vaccination. The chief minister later visited several localities in the city where vaccination drives were being held and interacted with the beneficiaries to dispel fears and doubts regarding the vaccination.

Covid claims three in Meghalaya

Three more persons have died due to Covid-19, taking the death toll in the state to 157 on Wednesday. Eighty three-year-old Nihar A Adhikari, a resident of Forest Colony and Jadabelbra Bhattacharjee (55) passed away at Shillong Civil Hospital while Harish Kumar Kushwaha (50) from ZigZag road, Rilbong at Nazareth hospital, director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said. Adhikari was tested positive on being admitted at the hospital on April 18. “He however passed away on Tuesday due to Covid pneumonia with hypertension with Ischaemic heart disease with CVA,” he said.

The other two victims were also tested positive for the virus. “Kushwaha died due to type 2 diabetes mellitus with hyperglycaemia with DKA with LRTI with history of cerebral infarct in 2020 with Covid-19 infection while Bhattacharjee of Laban passed away due to Covid pneumonia with Type II diabetes mellitus with hypertension,” Dr War said.

Meanwhile, the state has also detected 192 new Covid-19 cases, taking the active cases in the state to 1,021 on Wednesday. The new cases include 148 in East Khasi Hills district, 30 Ri Bhoi district, 4 each in East Jaintia Hills district and West Garo Hills district, 3 each in West Jaintia Hills district and West Khasi Hills district. Dr War informed as many as 25 patients have also recovered from the viral infection of which 17 are from East Khasi Hills district, 6 from West Jaintia Hills district, 1 from East Jaintia Hills district and 1 from Ri Bhoi district. So far, the state has detected a total of 15,308 Covid-19 cases out of which 1,021 are active cases, 14,130 recovered and 157 deaths. East Khasi Hills is the worst affected district in the state with 746 active cases followed by West Jaintia Hills with 116 cases and Ri Bhoi district with 85 cases. There are 25 cases in West Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills 119, Ri Bhoi 56, East Jaintia Hills 19, West Garo Hills 14, West Khasi Hills 22, South West Khasi Hills 7, East Garo Hills 1 and North Garo Hills 1.

On the other hand, of the 4,41,749 persons who have tested for Covid-19 in the state as on date, 4,26,441 were tested negative for the virus even as 205 persons are in institutional quarantine and 816 under home quarantine. There are 1,08,138 entrants from outside the state. 23,242 healthcare workers had received the first dose of Covishield vaccine and 17,209 had received the second dose, while 35,405 frontline workers got the first shot of the vaccine and 23,693 got the second dose as on Wednesday. Moreover, 79,992 persons from among the general public were vaccinated with the first dose and 9,113 were inoculated with the second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 across the state.

 

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